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Last year’s inaugural Hillbilly Chili Cook-off was a big hit for the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition. The event will return on Sept. 27 to Fred Miller Park for another day of food and fun.

Hillbilly Chili Cook-off returns this month

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Fall is in the air, kids are back to school and it’s time for the 2nd Annual Morristown Hillbilly Chili Cook-Off. “This fundraising event for the Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition, Inc. is sure to be a great hit again this year,” HCSAD Executive Director Paul Hyde said. The contest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, at Fred Miller Park. “We have a great event scheduled for this year

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Newsweek latest publication to recognize West

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

Morristown-Hamblen High School West has been ranked among the top high schools in the nation, again. Earlier this year, West was ranked 10th in the state by the Washington Post and 13th in the state by U.S. News and World Report. Now, school officials have been notified that the school is again highly rated in the latest Newsweek rankings which will appear online later this month. “We’re very blessed and

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  • New warrants served in water poisoning of child

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Due to a gag order in the case, information is limited but a superseding indictment has been filed in the case of a Hawkins County couple accused of forcing a child to drink water and grape soda to the point she suffered water poisoning and died. The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Department served warrants on Randall Lee Vaughn, 42, and his wife, Mary Lavonne, 59, both of Ridge Haven Drive, Surgoinsville,

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  • Upgrades to Morristown Regional Airport completed

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    From left, councilmember Bob Garrett, assistant city administrator Buddy Fielder, councilmember Gary Chesney, councilmember Kay Senter, Morristown Air Service owner Ben Williamson, airport commission member Charlie Hurt, city administrator Tony Cox, airport commissioner Denise Terry, airport and county commissioner Louis  “Doe” Jarvis, Karen Hughes, AOPA volunteer; Jodi Barnard with the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce and councilmember Dennis Alvis.

    A multi-tiered project that’s been two years in the making is complete at the Morristown Regional Airport. The work will improve pilots’ ability to fuel and allow the city’s airport commission to move ahead and finalize the contract with its chosen fixed base operator. Assistant City Administrator Buddy Fielder said the project is really three in one. “It’s a small security project, an apron expansion and then the upgrade and

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Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) fights through a block while attemtpting to get to Utah State quarterback Chuckie Keeton (16) during Sunday’s game in Knoxville. Johnson recorded nine tackles and grabbed the first interception of his career in the 38-7 victory.

Johnson provides huge spark for revamped Vols defense

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

KNOXVILLE — Every team has one player they lean on, one that can be counted on to make a big play whenever the situation calls for it, one that is the heart and soul of a team. For Tennessee’s football team, that player is senior linebacker A.J. Johnson. Johnson had a huge night Sunday in the Vols season opening win over Utah State, helping keep highly touted Aggies quarterback Chuckie

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  • Pioneers breaking in new quarterback in 2014

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

    GREENEVILLE — What do you do when the leading passer in school history graduates? The last time that happened at Tusculum, what coach Frankie DeBusk did was replace him with an even more prolific quarterback who turned out to be the all-time leading passer in all of NCAA Division II history. That same problem is facing DeBusk again this year as he enters his 17th season at Tusculum. Bo Cordell,

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  • Vols open season with impressive win over Utah State

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 11:57 pm


      KNOXVILLE- With a team chocked full of new players, questions abounded for the Tennessee Volunteers as they opened the 2014 season. At least for one night, many of those questions were answered. The Vols rolled up 383 yards of total offense and the Tennessee defense harassed Utah State star quarterback Chuckie Keeton all night as the Vol faithful were treated to a 38-7 rout of the Aggies. Tennessee head

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Engagement Announcements

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Johnson-Venturella The families of the bride and groom-elect announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Kelsey Elyse Johnson and David Reed Venturella. The bride-elect is the daughter of Vince and Deborah Johnson of Morristown and the granddaughter of the late James Wayne and Clara Jane Humphreys of Greeneville and Muriel June and the late Clyde Wayne Johnson of Sneedville. Kelsey is a 2009 graduate of Morristown-Hamblen High School West and

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  • Fall Fashion Show to benefit ALPS

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Fashion Show

    It’s couture time in East Tennessee. Sure, there’s that fall game with the oddly shaped ball, but fashion is as important in the stands as knowing all the words to the school fight song. Kelley Marie Chic Boutique has suited up local models to assist Lakeway Area fashionistas to find just the right look from activities at Neyland Stadium to the office or a neighborhood gathering at the backyard fire

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  • Engagement Announcements

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Bates – Chambers Ashley Bates and Heath Chambers announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The bride elect is the daughter of Cynthia Hass Brady of Newport and Chip Bates of Johnson City. She is a literacy tutor for Save the Children at Northwest Elementary The groom elect is the son of Terri and Bobby Sawyer of Newport and Ed and Carole Chambers of Maryville. The wedding ceremony is planned for

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WSCC to host audtions for “All in the Timing”

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Walters State Community College’s Department of Music and Theatre will present “All in the Timing” as its fall production. Auditions will be held Sept. 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex. Roles are available for men and women over 18 years of age. Audition scenes will be provided; nothing needs to be prepared. Auditions are open to the community. “All

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  • Theatre Guild to host auditions for “Rex’s Exes”

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    The Morristown Theatre Guild will hold auditions from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16 at Rose Center for the Southern-fried comedy “Rex’s Exes,” the sequel to “Red Velvet Cake War” staged by the Guild in 2013. Performances of “Rex’s Exes will be Nov. 14-23. The Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette — have wild new adventures as Gaynelle’s surprise 50th Birthday Party sees the return

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  • ‘The Blind Side’ to close Starlite season

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros., Sandra Bullock is shown in a scene from, "The Blind Side."

    Before the gridiron battles begin Saturday for fans of the Morristown high schools, eager football fans can get some pre-game action at the final Starlite Cinema showing tonight. The Morristown Parks and Recreation Department will show “The Blind Side,” the 2012 bio-drama based on Tennessee Titan Michael Oher’s life. The movie will be shown at dusk (around 8:30) at Fred Miller Park in Morristown. This will be the final movie

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